Maui Water Department crews have completed their repairs on a 12-inch main waterline that broke in Kahului this morning – closing the Ka’ahumanu-Pu’unene traffic zone around 5:30 a.m. today.
DWS spokesperson Jacky Takakura reports that crews closing up the repair site and traffic should be back to normal by noon. To minimize public impact, follow up work is scheduled for Sunday. Water has been restored to Maui Mall, Maui Clinic and Bank of Hawaii.
Department of Water Supply personnel are currently working to repair a 12-inch main line break at the intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue and Puunene Avenue this morning. Maui Mall has no water; however, crews are installing a bypass to get water to the Mall while the break is being fixed. Estimated time to fix the break is around noon, today.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. Traffic on Kaahumanu will be affected in both directions; however, both sides are open. Motorists should drive with caution and be prepared for slight delays.
Maui Mall, Maui Clinic, and Bank of Hawaii have no water until a bypass can be installed. The break was first reported around 5:30 a.m. today.
Please call the DWS service line (270-7633) only in the event of an emergency.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport after a single-engine plane crashed into the water Tuesday night.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the Regional Command Center in New Zealand that a Beechcraft Bonanza with two passengers aboard crashed into the water approximately one mile from shore at 9:55 p.m.
One passenger, 17-year-old Haris Suleman, was recovered unresponsive by the American Samoa Marine Patrol. A U.S. teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight has died in a crash over the Pacific Ocean, a family spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Annie Hayat said the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa on Tuesday night. Suleman and his Pakistani-born father, Babar Suleman, were on board.
Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for his father.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched at 9:35 p.m. (HST) and is on-scene along with an American Samoa Marine Patrol boat searching for the missing passenger, 58-year-old Babar Suleman.
“The Coast Guard would like to express our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the Sulemans,” said Michael Cobb, command duty officer at JRCC. “We will continue to do our best to locate Mr. Babar Suleman.”
By Jeff King
A Kihei man is behind bars today after Maui Police raided a South Maui residence last Thursday. Forty-seven year-old Thomas Schillaci of Kihei was charged with nearly a dozen crimes relating to trafficking in crystal methamphetamine.
According to the Maui Police Department report, the Vice Division and Special Response Team executed a warrant on a Kihei residence that was suspected of trafficking Crystal Methamphetamine. Upon the execution of the warrant, Vice Investigators discovered the following items:
Also found in the residence were several butane canisters, a glass flask containing marijuana with a metal screen on one end and a hole on the other end. Several empty glass flasks, grinders and honey oil residue. This evidence is consistent with the processing of marijuana concentrate using butane. Commonly known as Butane Honey Oil or BHO.
The suspect, Thomas Schillaci, 47 of Kihei, was arrested and charged for the following offenses:
Schillaci’s bail was set at $144,000.00.
Maui Police have identified an Arizona woman who died from spinal cord injuries she sustained in the ocean fronting the Makena Surf Resort in South Maui.
Forty-two year-old Wendi Van Briesen of Chandless, AZ, was found floating face down in the ocean on July 13 at 9:40 a.m. The woman was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. Doctors revealed that Van Briesen had suffered a spinal cord injury. On July 19, Van Briesen succumbed to her injury and was pronounced dead.
WAILUKU – Maui County staff members representing the Planning Department and Cultural Resources Commission will hold a public workshop on the Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines on Thursday, July 24, at 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria, 611 Front Street, Lahaina.
Staff members will present the most recent proposed revisions to the guidelines that regulate signs in the Lahaina Historic Districts. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the public. Merchants, business owners and commercial property owners are encouraged to attend so that they can learn about the proposed revisions and, ask questions and provide suggestions to staff. The staff members representing the Planning Department and Cultural Resources Commission will be the Cultural Resources Planner, the Lahaina Zoning Inspector and the Small Town Planner.
The proposed revisions are intended to be more clear and consistent, allow a broader choice of materials and design elements, and be more easily enforced. The existing design guidelines were last revised in 2001 and are based largely on the “Architectural Style Book for Lahaina” that was adopted by the then-Historic Commission in 1969.
Planning Director Will Spence said that the Department hopes the workshop will inform the public about the new guidelines and encourage compliance once they are adopted. “We are working to balance competing interests – the need for businesses to advertise and promote themselves, and the need to preserve the historic integrity of the Lahaina Historic Districts,” Spence said. “Updating the design guidelines is long overdue.”
Once the new guidelines are adopted, the Planning Department will proceed with enforcement of unpermitted and illegal signs. In the meantime, however, certain illegal signs that are specifically prohibited, such as lighted signs and portable signs, will continue to be cited.
To view the proposed guidelines, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Planning then select “Draft Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines” under the “Hot Topics” header.
For more information on the public meetings, call the Department of Planning at 270-7735.
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